Scott Brown: I realise I made a mistake
By: Mark Henderson on 02 Oct, 2013 16:45
CELTIC captain Scott Brown has spoken of his regret after getting sent off during last night´s 1-0 defeat to Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League.
With the game evenly poised, the skipper was given his marching orders just before the hour mark following an incident with Brazilian forward, Neymar.
Despite a brave effort, the Bhoys were eventually undone when Cesc Fabregas headed home the winning goal for the visitors 14 minutes from time.
Speaking exclusively to the official Celtic website, the midfielder said: "I realise that I made a mistake in getting sent off last night. It´s something that happened in the heat of the moment but I shouldn´t have acted in this way.
"I still think it was a harsh decision. However, I recognise that I made a mistake and put myself and my team-mates in a difficult position. I need to live with that and there is no-one more disappointed than me about losing the match.
"There wasn´t a huge amount of contact at all, to be honest, but I have to accept responsibility for my actions – and I do.
"The team deserved to get something out of the game after playing so brilliantly and putting in so much effort against one of the best sides in the world.
"I was also disappointed for the supporters after the incredible backing they gave us during the game. They were magnificent once again.
"It was another fantastic performance from the lads after the Milan game, and although we´ve still to pick up a point from this group, we´ve shown we can compete against some of the best sides in Europe.
"We have four games to go in this group and everyone in the squad firmly believe that we can still qualify, and we are determined to get our first points on the board against Ajax in two weeks´ time.
"For my part, I can´t wait to get back on the pitch against Motherwell at the weekend and try and help us extend our winning run in the league."